This Spicy Tomatillo Salsa is an easy salsa recipe from a cooking class I took while on my trip to Tulum, Mexico. Fresh tomatillos, tomatoes, garlic, serrano, and topped with chopped cilantro.
There are two main types of salsa in Mexico:
- salsa de mesa or table salsa and
Table salsa is typically very hot and on the table for every meal of the day. Mole is thicker, less hot and served with chicken, turkey or beef.
This recipe is for fresh tomatillo salsa de mesa. Make it as hot as you can handle!
How to Make Fresh Salsa
This recipe comes from a Mexican cooking class I took while on a trip to Tulum, Mexico. There were four of us in the class and we made black bean soup, Mexican rice, fish, fresh tortillas, quesadillas and a couple of different salsas.
- Step 1: Boil tomatillos, tomato and serrano.
- Step 2: Crush garlic, add boiled + drained tomatillos + pepper.
- Step 3: Add salt to taste.
- Step 4: Stir in chopped cilantro before serving.
This is such an easy summer salsa recipe and the flavors are so fresh! Make a big batch for that summer gathering or make canned tomato salsa so you can enjoy fresh tomatillo flavors all year round!
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A fresh + spicy tomatillo salsa that's perfect for your next party!
- 6 green tomatillos husks removed
- 1 red roma tomato
- 1 serrano pepper more if you like heat
- 1 large clove garlic
- kosher salt to taste
- 1/4 cup fresh cilantro finely chopped
Boil all of the tomatillos, tomato and the serrano until soft. About 10 min. Drain and set aside.
Crush garlic clove into the bowl of a small food processor or blender. (Ideally a mocaljete would be used if you have one)
Add the tomatoes and pepper. Pulse until the salsa is combined, but don’t over blend.
Add salt to taste. (I started with about 1/2 tsp)
Mix in chopped cilantro right before serving.
Recipe courtesy of Rivera’s Kitchen Tulum, Mexico. A fun cooking school!
*if your salsa is thicker than you’d like, add a small bit of water.
*if you’re making the salsa ahead of time, wait to add the cilantro until right before serving.